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The Sheep Stell

The Sheep Stell

‘One woman’s gloriously lyrical account of life and love as a shepherdess’ Mail on Sunday

‘Janet White’s unfailingly enjoyable book . . . taps into a widespread feeling that we have become cut off from the natural world’ TLS

‘An immensely enjoyable and heartfelt book: it makes you want to run for the hills’ The Lady


With an introduction by Colin Thubron

As a child in wartime England, Janet White decided that she wanted to live somewhere wild and supremely beautiful, to inhabit and work the landscape. She imagined searching the whole world for a place, high and remote as a sheep stell, quiet as a monastery, challenging and virginal, untouched and unknown.

Turning her back on convention, Janet’s desire to carve out her own pastoral Eden has taken her from the Cheviot Hills to Sussex and Somerset, via the savage beauty of rural New Zealand.

The Sheep Stell tells the tale of a woman before her time; a woman with incredible courage and determination, truly devoted to the land and its creatures. Evocative, unaffected and profound, it is a lost classic.

‘A book to share or even fight over if necessary’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

‘An extraordinary memoir . . . The Sheep Stell is pure joy, one of the most moving books I’ve read in a long time’ Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground

‘This is a strange and lovely book, and quiet as it is, it makes you gasp at the profoundly lived quality of the life it so modestly describes’ Jenny Diski

‘A hymn to country solitude, lyrical, unpretentious and deeply felt’ Colin Thubron
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 4th April 2019

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781472128621

Reviews

Janet writes delightfully of her unique life story and ultimately tranquil life on her West Country farm. But that idyllic lifestyle belies the steely determination that led her to the other side of the world and unforeseen drama, as she pursued her dream of shepherding
David Kennard, author of A Shepherd's Watch
One woman's gloriously lyrical account of life and love as a shepherdess
Mail on Sunday
A hymn to country solitude, lyrical, unpretentious and deeply felt
Colin Thubron
Janet White's book should be compulsory reading
John Barrington, author of Red Sky at Night
Lovers of the countryside will enjoy this moving, quietly written account of a young woman's adventures as she made her way in the farming world . . . An immensely enjoyable and heartfelt book: it makes you want to run for the hills
Rebecca Wallersteiner, The Lady
This is a strange and lovely book, and quiet as it is, it makes you gasp at the profoundly lived quality of the life it so modestly describes
Jenny Diski
A fascinating read that will move and inspire with every turn of the page
Countryside
A book to share or even fight over if necessary
Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows
A beautifully written memoir of a quietly courageous life. My admiration for its author grew on every page: her strength of purpose, her resolve, and her clear, straightforward love of solitude, space and freedom that carried her - and carried me - around the world and back
Nick Hunt, author of Where the Wild Winds Are
Janet White's unfailingly enjoyable book . . . taps into a widespread feeling that we have become cut off from the natural world . . . both an evocative picture of a life adapted to seasonal rhythms and an arresting account of the casual sexism White experienced
Rebecca Foster, Times Literary Supplement
Intense insight
Helen Brown, Daily Mail
Utterly enchanting; a fascinating story, beautifully written
Penny Junor, author of The Duchess: The Untold Story
An extraordinary memoir . . . The Sheep Stell is pure joy, one of the most moving books I've read in a long time
Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground